A senior prominent anchor in the Qatari media network, Al-Jazeera implicitly accused the United States on Sunday of assassinating the Austrian far-right leader Jörg Haider, considering this as a proof of Washington’s insistence on preventing Arabs from choosing their rulers.
“Years ago, in a very fine country, America overthrew the Austrian leader Jörg Haider, winner of free democratic elections on the pretext of anti-Semitism,” Faisal Al-Qasim, a controversial anchor at Al-Jazeera Arabic, tweeted through his official account.
Al-Qassim added, “Jörg Haider disappeared after a plotted car accident, so do you expect that America and the other global powers will leave us, the poor backward Arabs, to choose our rulers ourselves!”
Jörg Haider led the Austrian far-right at the turn of the current century, but his racist attitudes toward non-Europeans were met with widespread discontent. The European Union boycotted the government he took part in, in 2000, calling for him to step down as “the Freedom” Party leader before founding the Alliance for a Future Austria, which remained marginal until his death.
Al-Qassim, a Syrian supporter of the active radical groups in his country, did not give evidence of the US-involvement in the assassination of Jörg Haider, which was on the effect of a traffic accident in the province of Carinthia on the morning of October 11, 2008.
The Austrian police claimed later that the incident occurred as a result of taking excessive amounts of alcohol.
In the Arab world, Al-Qassim is classified as one of the most violence practice-inciting anchors in the face of the ruling authorities, particularly in “the Arab Spring” countries, including his country, which since 2011 has witnessed an armed conflict that has claimed hundreds of thousands of civilians and forced more than five million Syrians to flee to Europe and the neighboring countries.
Al-Qassim offers a weekly program on Al-Jazeera TV, in which he hosted representatives of forces described as terrorists, including the Muslim Brotherhood and the Iranian-backed Houthi movement.
The United States accused Iran, along with Al-Houthi’s splinter militia of the legitimate government in Yemen, of carrying out attacks on oil tankers passing through the Strait of Bab El-Mandab and the Arabian Gulf, the latest of which was the bombing of two Norwegian and Japanese carriers last Thursday.